This article is part of Football FanCast’s Loan Watch series, which takes a closer look at those players who are aiming to galvanise their careers away from the spotlight of their parent club.
While Wolverhampton Wanderers are enjoying another season at the top, the same can’t be said for one of their contracted players.
The west Midlanders are sitting pretty in sixth place while they have advanced into the knockout stages of the Europa League – they’ve only been back in the Premier League for 18 months.
Despite possessing a small squad, only 19 players have been used domestically, manager Nuno Santo still sent over a handful of players out on loan, including striker Rafa Mir who has been plying his trade across the Midlands at Nottingham Forest.
It would be fair to suggest that it hasn’t gone to plan whatsoever. The Reds do indeed favour the prolific Lewis Grabban, but whenever the 22-year-old has been given a chance, he’s been perpetually wasteful.
According to reports emerging in Spain this week, his time at the City Ground seems ‘certain’ to end in January with the club looking at other targets in the striking department.
El Periodico de Aragon also claim that this has alerted La Liga 2 outfit Real Zaragoza after they failed to clinch him in the summer.
Valued at just £2.7m by Transfermarkt, Mir’s time at Molineux could be fully over before it has even started, he’s played just four times for the senior side and if he can’t cut it in the second tier of English football, then what hope does he have if Wolves are to become a regular presence in Europe.
Instead of shipping him out on loan again, Nuno should look to sell him for the benefit of his career as he’s clearly not going to get ahead of Raul Jimenez or Patrick Cutrone this season let alone in the future.
His disastrous time in England is quite astonishing considering La Liga heavyweights Real Madrid were once in for his services, maybe that alone could garner some interest if he were to be put on the trading block.
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